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Cushion Cutting - Step by Step

This article is the second in a series on how gemstones are faceted. This gemstone cutting tutorial takes the reader from rough gemstone to a finished 4.59 carat cushion. The original piece of rhodolite garnet rough was 10.2 carats and was shaped well for a cushion cut.

6 Safe-guarding Tips for Traveling with Jewelry

Feeling the winter doldrums? It’s that time of year when thoughts turn to spring break and vacation getaways. Whether your travel plans include fun in the sun or hitting the snow-packed slopes, it’s important to know that the jewelry you bring along with you needs a little extra care. Here are some helpful tips on how to best protect your prized possessions while traveling.

A Study of Colored Stone and Diamond Cutting Angles

From Faceting Limits

The pavilion and bezel slopes commonly recommended for faceting are the result of trial-and-error and human judgment. This explains why references differ in their recommendations.

Trial-and-error is an effective way to solve complex problems until a better way comes along, but it usually finds only the best solution in the range of experimentation. Other good solutions may exist – beyond the bad ones – but are found only by accident. This has been as true in faceting as in many other scientific fields.

Making the Grade - GIA Cut Grading

Has the GIA’s cut grading system for round brilliant diamonds made lower cut grades redundant?

China on the Rise: Exploding Economy with a Fantastic Future (Part Two)

In the second installment of his two-part feature, John Pollard moves away from China’s tremendous retail potential and examines the country’s diamond grading industry.